Wednesday 19th January 2005
F.A. Trophy 3rd Round (Replay)
Whitby Town: Campbell (D), Atkinson, Williams, Farthing, Linighan, Nicholson, Ormerod, Bishop, Robinson, Gill, Gildea (A). Subs: Gildea(L), McTiernan, Johnson, Campbell(P), Escritt
Hyde United: Tim Mullock, Chris Lynch, Jamie Milligan, Paul Jones (Kieran Delaney), John Gaynor, John O'Kane, Wayne Dean (Andy Waine), Phil Salt, Neil Tolson, Dale Johnson, Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Ged Kielty, Nicky Hill, Tony Ellis.
Neil Tolson was Hyde's hero at the Turnbull ground on Wednesday night when his superbly taken goal nineteen minutes from time secured a 4th Round trip to Hereford.
On a stormy night at the seaside and a difficult tacky pitch, Hyde showed great resilience despite losing Paul Jones after only 23 minutes with a reocurrance of his calf injury. Kieran Delaney was pressed into action at full back, with Chris Lynch moving over to central defence, Both had great games aided by the experienced John O'Kane.
The conditions meant there was little flowing football, but Hyde had a game plan and it worked a treat. Playing into the gale in the first half they should have gone ahead on 30 minutes as Tolson completely missed the ball with the goal at his mercy. With the wind increasing at the start of the second half, it became more squally and less of an advantage to Hyde.
There were few chances and it was likely that one goal would settle it. Whitby with a 19 game unbeaten run behind them were never allowed to get into their rhythm, whilst Matty McNeil had another fantastic game with his phenomenal work rate. After Tolson had made his goal out of nothing, it was a backs to the wall job for the tiring Tigers, but despite a couple of close shaves, they hung on and fully deserved their victory.
It made for a pleasant journey home despite being buffeted by storm force winds across the Pennines, but nobody cared as they were already looking forward to a trip to Edgar Street at the start of February.